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Maypole Dancing in Staines

Sunday 30 June sees Dance Woking head to Staines-upon-Thames Day to lead a fun Maypole Dancing workshop, in partnership with Stanwell Events. There will be performance stages throughout the town, craft stalls, bars, street food, fair rides, canoe taster sessions, and boat trip. Staines upon Thames Day is the liveliest and busiest free event in the Spelthorne calendar.

Memorial Gardens: 3.10pm – 3.35pm

Alongside Dance Woking, there will be opportunities to see other community dance companies in action

Performance timetable & event map

Dance Woking is being supported by Surrey Community Foundation to bring community participation to Staines, please do come and join us.

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What a Fantastic Day in Woking

Saturday 22 June saw Dance Woking take over Jubilee Square celebrating 30 years of Dance Woking in Woking. Since its inception in 1994, Dance Woking has enjoyed regular funding support from Woking Borough Council, enabling the organisation to provide an annual programme of activities, using dance to help change lives providing opportunities to Watch, Perform and Take-part.

September 2023 Dance Woking’s funding ceased as Woking Borough Council’s Section 114 Status took effect, whereby the borough is only able to support statutory provision. Like many community based charities in Woking the organisation has been reviewing its future and details of the organistaions next steps will be shared in the coming weeks.

In the meantime Dance Woking was delighted to be able to produce a fun and creative day where both the dance community and members of the pubic could take-part, watch and perform in dance.

The day featured two community dance platforms with performances from community based companies: Alexandra Dance Company, Dance Woking & Freedom Leisure sponsored dance group base out of Eastwood Leisure centre and who represented Woking Borough at the recent Active Surrey Youth Games; Amala Belly Dance, Bellytricks Belly Dance and BKD Performers.

Alexandra Dance Company

Amala Belly Dance

Dance Woking Eastwood Dance Club

Bellytricks Belly Dance

BKD Performers Ballet

BKD Performers

Three school groups also performed. The groups were run by Dance Woking with funding support from Surrey Community Foundation hailing from Broadmere Primary Academy, Sythwood Primary School and Jubilee High School.

Broadmere Primary Academy

Jubilee High School

Dance Woking took the lead in participation activity with outreach team member Nicky Norton leading fun Maypole dancing workshops for all to enjoy.

Maypole Dancing with Dance Woking

Supporting the community element professional dance company Levantes Dance Theatre delighted audiences with their piece High Tea (with a twist)

Levantes Dance Theatre ‘High Tea (with a twist)’

The weather held, with the temperature perfect for dance led activity.

This event was made possible through funding support from Surrey Community Foundation

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Dance Woking celebrates 30 Years of dance focussed activity on Saturday 22 June

Join us on Saturday 22 June as we celebrate Dance Woking’s 30 Year of providing dance centred activities in Woking & Surrey. We will be in Jubilee Square, Woking Town Centre with a programme featuring opportunities to perform, watch & take-part in dance. 11.30am – 3.30pm.

At 11.30am we open with our first community dance platform featuring Bellytricks Belly Dance, Dance Woking’s Eastwood Dance Club sponsored by Freedom Leisure who represented Woking Borough Council at last weekend’s Active Surrey Surrey Youth games in Guildford, Alexandra Dance Company and Amala Dance

This will be followed by Maypole Dancing with Dance Woking, led by Nicky Norton; this is an opportunity to connect and have fun, no experience required!

At 12.30pm we welcome Levantes Dance Theatre with their fun and highly entertaining piece High Tea (with a twist)

Break: 1pm – 2pm

At 2pm we are back with Levantes Dance Theatre with their fun and highly entertaining piece High Tea (with a twist) opening the afternoon session.

2.30pm our second community dance platform featuring both dance and school groups; joining Bellytricks Belly Dance & Amala Dance is BKD Performers, Sythwood Primary School Dance Club, Jubilee High Dance Club and Broadmere Primary Academy Dance Club.

We close the celebration at 3pm with Maypole Dancing, led by Nicky Norton.

Do come and join us.

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Summer Holiday Club Bookings Goldsworth Park, Woking now open

Dance Woking’s Summer Club provides a great way for children to have fun, make new friends, eat well and get creative. Suitable for children in Primary years 4 to 6; aged 8 to 11 years.

Wed 24 & Thus 25 Julya 2 day club

Mon 29 to Tues 30 July – a 2 day club
ALL: 9.30am – 2.30pm
; For children 8 to 11 years (school years 4 to 6)

A2 Building, St Andrews Church, Goldsworth Park, Denton Road, Woking, GU21 3LG

These two day clubs will use West End Musicals as our theme

Our experienced and friendly team will lead a range of activities including creative dance, arts and crafts. There will be a creative food session during the two days, wellbeing activities and lots of fun games. The club encourages children to find new ways of expressing themselves. Lunch will be provided, special dietary requirements can be catered for.

The club is open to all dance levels and abilities. Where applicable, children will be split by age.

We have a safe and secure site suitable for children with additional needs and disabilities. Please provide as much detail as possible on your booking form so we can do our best to support your child at camp. e.g. hearing impairment, autism, mental health needs. If your child has a higher staff ratio support at school, please let us know so we can ensure we have the correct staffing ratios at camp. Unfortunately we are unable to provide 1 to 1 support or specialist support. We are not a specialist SEN provider.

To book click HERE

Guide for parents booking via e-vouchers HERE

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Summer Holiday Club Bookings Maybury Centre, Woking now open

Dance Woking’s Summer Club provides a great way for children to have fun, make new friends, eat well and get creative. Suitable for children in Primary years 4 to 6; aged 8 to 11 years.

Mon 22 & Tues 23 July a 2 day club

Wed 24 & Thus 25 Julya 2 day club

Mon 29 to Wed 31 July – a 3 day club
ALL: 9.30am – 2.30pm
; suitable for children aged 8 to 11 years

The Maybury Centre, Board School Road, Woking, GU21 5HD

These two & three day clubs will use West End Musicals as our theme

Our experienced and friendly team will lead a range of activities including creative dance, arts and crafts. There will be a creative food session during the two days, wellbeing activities and lots of fun games. The club encourages children to find new ways of expressing themselves. Lunch will be provided, special dietary requirements can be catered for.

The club is open to all dance levels and abilities. Where applicable, children will be split by age.

We have a safe and secure site suitable for children with additional needs and disabilities. Please provide as much detail as possible on your booking form so we can do our best to support your child at camp. e.g. hearing impairment, autism, mental health needs. If your child has a higher staff ratio support at school, please let us know so we can ensure we have the correct staffing ratios at camp. Unfortunately we are unable to provide 1 to 1 support or specialist support. We are not a specialist SEN provider.

To book click HERE

Guide for parents booking via e-vouchers HERE

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Fantastic Day at Stanwell

Dance Woking had an amazing day on Saturday 2 June at Stanwell Events Multicultural Day. The day was organised and managed by Stanwell Events, who did an amazing job. Dance Woking produced the Performance Tent Programme which featured two community platforms, Folk Dance Remixed – Ceilidh Jam, DJ, and Katie Dale-Everett’s performance piece Playscape – How to Build A Galaxy’ followed be an interactive workshop.

We also had lots of fun in the sunshine, Cherie from Dance Woking’s outreach team supported by Christina led two joyful intergenerational Maypole dancing sessions, with lots of great participation.

Dance Woking also led two dance outreach projects with Philip Southcote School & Stanwell Events to create pieces that were performed on the day. Both groups managed to create pieces that were performed on Sunday at the community Dance platform. Philip Southcote School were choreographed by Dance Woking’s Outreach Dance Creative Christina Hobbins & Dance Surrey Stanwell were choreographed by guest choreographer Sunita Kumar from Amina Khayyam DC.

CEO and Artistic Director Sam McCaffrey: I took some pictures of the days activities on my phone and have shared some highlights here. I really enjoy working with Anna-Marie and her team at Stanwell Events, thank you for inviting us to be part of this inspiring and engaging community event. Nothing phazes them! The day ran really smoothly and it was joyous to see such a diverse range of groups and dance styles come together and perform in the same space, providing a highly inspiring and entertaining day. I remain in awe of the dancers who performed in front of family and friends, as well strangers, some for the first time. This takes great courage and helps build confidence and self esteem, which we actively encourage. As you can see from the pictures, my focus was the performance tent, and the area around it, which we programmed, and where I spent the day. All the groups were amazing. Here is my review of the day

Philip Southcote School opened the Community Dance Platform with their piece ‘Better Place‘ to track by NSYNC of the same name. Fun and upbeat the routine was all about having fun and being happy.

Dance Surrey Stanwell followed. This group came together during May Half Term to create a beautifully elegant piece telling the story of the joys of nature using the Indian dance style Kathak, choreographed by Sunita Kumar from Amina Khayyam DC.

Kristi’s Dance Academy closed the morning platform with an uplifting dance to ‘What a Feelin‘ with a 15 strong dance troupe, this made the tent rock! Kristi Jones, Principal at the school said ‘ Our dancers at Kristi’s Dance Academy really enjoyed the performance opportunity on Sunday at Stanwell Multicultural Day. Events such as these give the students a real taste of a community atmosphere celebrating dance with other groups from all backgrounds and experience. It is lovely to see everyone supporting each other through their love of dance.

Dance Woking’s Outreach team: Cherie & Christina led two Maypole Dancing sessions during the day. This activity was extremely popular with over 48 people enjoying it as some participants jumped in and out of the session. A truly intergenerational participation event, with all ages taking part, lots of fun, laughter and skipping around the Maypole, for some a chance to relive childhood memories.

Folk Dance Remixed Ceilidh Jam were back in action and didn’t disappoint. They had the tent rocking with their live music and highly entertaining callers leading participants through a series of steps. Fun and organised chaos ensued. We were kept in check by the amazing team.

The afternoon’s community platform saw Staines & Edgam Sea Cadets take to the outdoor space and provide a precise demonstration of marching in sync. This was followed by North Performances Studios, with a jazz solo and group piece; Stanwell Youth group, performed a mix of dance styles choreographed by Katie Dale-Everett; Dance Surrey Stanwell were able to perform again! Urban Dance School closed this section with a dynamic and highly energetic street dance piece.

Outside and opening the Multicultural Day was New Generation Steel Orchestra, seen here with Stanwell Events Founder & CEO Anna-Marie. Providing a highly chilled atmosphere, with their steel pan sounds, it really did feel as if you were in the Caribbean!

Following the highly anticipated raffle Katie Dale Everett Dance Company performed Playscapes – How to Build A Galaxy. Using high tech and video projection the show was followed by a hands on workshop where young and inspired audience members were able to have a go with the highly technical suites to create their own galaxies.

This event was made possible through funding support from Spelthorne Borough Council, Stanwell Events and Arts Council England Grants for the Arts